A walk at Burnaby Lake

Today we went for a leisurely walk along Burnaby Lake while trying to find some geocaches there.

We indeed had a great walk in the nature and even found some geocaches, and at those places where we could actually come close to the lake, it was beautiful. We saw a squirrel (which was too fast to be kept in a picture) and some chickadees, as well as ducks and even seagulls swimming on the lake.

We’ll have to come back when the weather is much better and warmer.

A visit to the VanDusen Botanical Garden

There is always so much to see and to explore in the VanDusen Botanical Garden so that we are always happy to go there – no matter which season we are in.

This time the autumn colours were impressive everywhere. Unfortunately, the sun wasn’t really cooperative that day, but we enjoyed our visit there enormously. Except for the magnificent autumn leaves, we also had a look at those “dead man’s fingers”  that Marcus took pictures of, too. That’s a scary name, but they are indeed edible!

We also saw some ducks swimming in the pond and some nosy squirrels watching us while taking pictures.

All in all a wonderful day – and we will definitely be back soon!

Beaver Lake, Vancouver Aquarium and Lost Lagoon

We decided to do some geocaching in Stanley Park and especially chose everything around Beaver Lake.

On our way to Beaver Lake, there were two squirrels having late breakfast or early lunch. And then, we were finally there and could enjoy the beautiful lake full of water lilies. There even were some ducks – and we saw a blue dragonfly!

We then decided to pay a visit to the Vancouver Aquarium – and we even saw a little squirrel on our way. Once there, we saw Jack, the harbour porpoise, playing with a leaf, Helen and Hana, the Pacific white-sided dolphins, performing in front of an audience and the sea lion swimming endlessly.

Of course, we had to return to the Lost Lagoon (where we saw a blue heron, ducks and a swan) to round up our wonderful day. It’s always so peaceful and quiet there, and we are enjoying each visit there so much.

By the way, we did find some geocaches!

Our wedding anniversary day at Lost Lagoon

Luckily for us, we had gorgeous weather to go to the Lost Lagoon where we got married five years ago – and we celebrated our wedding anniversary with lots of wildlife there. A bumblebee, a blue heron, Canada geese, ducks, a swan and a raccoon all said hi – and those Canada geese even swam in formation. We had such a great time there!

As we were nearby, we simply had to go to the Aquarium as well. Jack said hi, too, and the penguins were enjoying a swim.

It was such an amazing day for our wedding anniversary, especially as we could finally spend it here in Vancouver!

Our visit to Bodiam Castle and Pevensey Castle

Today we went from West Sussex to East Sussex where our first destination was Bodiam Castle, a moated castle near Robertsbridge, dating back to the 14th-century. Our second stop was Pevensey Castle, a medieval castle in the village Pevensey.

The walk to Bodiam Castle was very pleasant itself, especially as we could always see the castle on our way there. Crossing the wooden bridge into the castle was great, too, and lots of ducks and carps were in the water saying hello to all the visitors. Once inside, we could see all the remaining parts of it and had a fantastic view of the countryside around it from one of the towers. In one of the towers there even were some bats. Once outside again, we had lunch on one of the benches with a great view of the water, the water lilies, the ducks and, of course, the castle itself.

Some miles away a public footpath led us to Pevensey Castle where we spent some time exploring the grounds. Afterwards we had a lovely walk around the outer curtain wall of the castle. As we were ready to leave, the sun came out and gave us one final look at the castle in the sunlight.

It was a very beautiful day we enjoyed very much. Oh, and we found some geocaches at both castles, too.